Pauline’s Sew Happy Room and Garden

Since the age of nine, Pauline has enjoyed many forms of art and crafts: watercolor, ceramics, cross-stitch, macramé and jewelry making. Then in 2001, during the Southern California Quilt Run, quilting caught up with her. “I saw so many beautiful quilts that I had to make one for each of my children,” Pauline recalls. She started quilting on her 1980 Singer in a small room. She quickly upgraded and bought a Pfaff quilting machine. Her space, already crowded with all her crafts, soon was bursting with the addition of quilt fabric. 

 

In 2011 an emptying nest made a large bedroom available for Pauline’s quilting space. She purchased a machine cabinet from Baron’s and dressers from Ikea to help store notions and fabric.

 

She enjoyed that bright room for many years. However, Pauline notes, “During the summer it was always very hot in the room even with the air conditioner running!” Not to be daunted, she upgraded her air conditioning but it still remained uncomfortable. So last year she moved the quilt room again. “I took a lot of time to design the layout since it is smaller than the previous room. I love how it turned out. It is cozy and not hot during the summer! I hope you enjoy the room as much as I do,” she says.

Pauline’s second passion, after crafting, has always been gardening. “It is another form of art expression to me!” she exclaims. Five years ago she replaced her water-intensive yard with drought tolerant plants. Pauline says, “I chose my color palette of white, yellow and red. Most of the plants are from Australia, mixed with California plants and my favorite, day lilies. It took over three months working three to four days a week, but I know where every drip line and sprinkler is!” But the best part, I got to know my neighbors too!”